In 1972, Loren Nelson picked up a Deardorff 4X5 view camera, and began to organize the world on a four by five-inch piece of frosted glass. Nelson shoots film, and uses a traditional darkroom to produce selenium-toned silver gelatin prints, in limited editions. Using a view camera encourages a meditative approach, which is well suited to his subject matter which includes landscapes; seascapes; flowers and leaves; and “Under Wraps”, a series on plastic-wrapped buildings.
Nelson’s photographs are in numerous public and private collections, including the Portland Art Museum; The Visual Chronicles of Portland and Beaverton; the City of Portland Portable Works Collection; Oregon State University Art About Agriculture collection; and The Allison Inn, Newberg, Oregon. He is represented by wall space gallery in Santa Barbara, CA and Seattle, WA; the Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery in Portland, Oregon; and The Gallery at Ten Oaks in McMinnville, Oregon. His work has been published in LensWork, B&W Magazine, Shots, and View Camera Magazine.
These photographs were made using a Deardorff 4X5 Special view camera and film. I printed the selenium-toned gelatin silver prints in a traditional wet darkroom on Ilford MG IV fiber-based paper. They are available as 11X14s, mounted and matted to 16X20”, and as 16X20s, mounted and matted to 22X28”, in limited editions of 20 or 35, depending on the image.
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